From: Tucson, AZ
ORIGINAL: Tom Sykes
ORIGINAL: David F.
ORIGINAL: Bruce Johnson
#Vikings are one of the few teams that are constantly negotiating in good faith with their players. That's culture building. Players know if the ball, they'll be taken care of. Reason why so many of their in-house players are able to be retained at less than market.
(Andy Carlson on Twitter)
I would rather do what the Patriots do.
The Patriots don't normally use high draft picks on offensive line, should we copy them and wait until the later rounds to address that need?
They're able to do that because they're not stupid enough to put themselves in the position of having to draft for positional need.
Actually, the Patriots do draft OL early ... in the last 10 years, they have taken 5 OL in the first 3 rds. (2 first rd picks), and another 5 in rd. 4. (and another 7 rds 5-7)
In other words, they draft OL out the yin yang, they have the best OL Coach in the game (for 33 out of the last 35 years – Scarnecchia), and QB that is not bad at getting rid of the ball.
So yes, our regime has failed to stock the team with enough OL talent to copy the Pats OL standard... that's a big fail ...
But honestly, you can't copy any of the Pats success without cloning Scarnecchia, Brady, and Belichick ... since they have proven all else are interchangeable parts.
Yeah, didn't look it up. I knew they drafted Solder in the 1st. , no longer with them. Wonder what their current line make up is? How many 1st rounders etc..
My the point I was initially trying to make, was that trying to copy everything the Patriots do without Belechick and Brady is futile and won't work so why even talk about it?
It's not just Viking fans either. Just a pet peeve.
Even their ex coaches who try to bring the Patriot way to their new team haven't found much sucess yet..
I do agree with you. I looked up the final 4 teams from last year and they all have a mix of drafted, fa, and an undrafted player or two on their Olines. I looked up the Pats to corroborate what you were saying ... very surprised by how many OL they draft.